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Home Affairs publishes draft new critical skills list, aimed at attracting foreigners

18th February 2021 On Thursday, South Africa finally released a proposed new list of critical skills that can make it easier for foreigners in certain jobs to work here. Those who meet the requirements on the list can get easier access to a visa to work and live in South Africa. 

Is South Africa entering the age of business rescue?

18th February 2021 Even before the coronavirus pandemic broke out, arguably the most prominent business rescue in the country had already made headlines: that of South African Airways (SAA), which after more than a year is still not finalised. More recently, Ster-Kinekor became the latest high-profile company to... 

Eskom's 'deplorable' R840m Kusile housing blunder could go to local community

18th February 2021 Eskom is considering handing over its R840 million white elephant of a block of flats near Witbank to local community members -  after cost overruns described by its CEO André de Ruyter as "deplorable".  The Wilge Residential Development Project was meant to house contractors and artisans working... 

Crime and (no) punishment: Why Africa's ports are vulnerable to counterfeit Covid vaccines

18th February 2021 Black-green tears of moss streak the facades of once-white buildings. The city is a maze of narrow streets, some cobbled with sea-stones, calcified by the centuries that have passed since they were laid. The air, always humid, is aromatic with sweet spices and fish, salt-washed from the nearby... 

SAA Technical workers still in dark about their future, as they receive partial salaries

18th February 2021 While the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) keenly awaits the completion of the implementation of the business rescue plan of South African Airways (SAA), employees of its subsidiary, SAA Technical (SAAT) are still in the dark about their future, it seems. Unlike SAA, its subsidiaries are... 

Environmental affairs dept investigating elevated levels of sulphur in Gauteng, Mpumalanga

18th February 2021 The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries will on Thursday visit the Sasol plant in Secunda which is suspected to be behind a sulphuric smell that is enveloping parts of Gauteng and Mpumalanga since the weekend. "While there are many sources in the area that could be contributing to... 

Construction on Inga 3 hydropower project could start by year end, ambassador says

17th February 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo's ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Jean Le'on Ngandu Ilunga has hinted that construction on the Inga 3 hydro-power project could start by the end of the year. "We believe in the coming month we will see concrete steps towards implementation. Towards the... 

‘Vaccine nationalism’ will hurt all countries: New WTO chief

16th February 2021 The World Trade Organization’s incoming chief has warned against “vaccine nationalism” that would slow progress in ending the Covid-19 pandemic and could erode economic growth for all countries – rich and poor. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told the Reuters news agency that her top priority is to ensure... 

Zondo blasts 'negligent' former Eskom board over R1.68bn prepayment to Gupta entity

11th February 2021 Failure by the 2015 Eskom board to interrogate the submission to authorise a R1.68-billion prepurchase payment to a Gupta-owned company cast doubt on the directors prudence, with State Capture Commission chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo going as far as calling them negligent on... 

Tourism sector has lost billions of rands, shed more than 300 000 jobs - deputy minister

10th February 2021 South Africa's tourism industry has lost billions of rand and more than 300 000 jobs due to the hard lockdown since the outbreak of Covid-19. Deputy Tourism Minister Fish Mahlalela said the impact of Covid-19, accompanied by the hard lockdown, severely affected the tourism sector both locally and... 

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